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Does melanoma run in families?

The risk for melanoma can run in families. If you have family members who have had melanoma, you have a greater chance of developing the disease. Approximately ten percent of people who are diagnosed with melanoma have a family member who has also had melanoma. If you have a family history of melanoma, you should see a doctor for a skin screening at least once a year.

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